If the past year has taught us anything, it is to expect the unexpected. While we are embarking on a big step towards a ‘more normal’ life, it might come as a surprise that after a year of job loss and high numbers of unemployment, businesses are struggling to recruit staff.
A BBC report published last week stated; “According to a survey of big recruitment firms, the number of permanent jobs available in England rose at its fastest rate since 1997 in June as the economy reopened. But at the same time availability of workers hit a 24-year low… The findings come despite the UK’s unemployment rate remaining relatively high due to the pandemic, at 4.7% in the three months to April.” For the full story click here: ‘We have six unfilled jobs but no one has applied’ – BBC News
REC chief executive Neil Carberry commented: “Recruiters are working flat out to fill roles across our economy. The jobs market is improving at the fastest pace we have ever seen, but it is still an unpredictable time.
“We can’t yet tell how much the ending of furlough and greater candidate confidence will help to meet this rising demand for staff. In some key shortage sectors like hospitality, food, driving and IT, more support is likely to be needed to avoid slowing the recovery.”
With this in mind, read our ‘Top Tips’ tools we use when recruiting staff for our clients and some creative practices that will help to find the right candidate.
Get your ducks in a row!
Before even considering recruitment, step back and take stock. It might be a recruitment process isn’t necessary after some internal rejigging.
- Look at your current hierarchy structure – who reports into who?
- Review job descriptions – can responsibilities be changed or split across multiple job roles?
- Review employee appraisals – is anyone due for a promotion?
Getting your ducks in a row is good practice to ensure your business is running as efficiently as possible. Only when the above points have been considered should the recruitment process begin.
Plan, plan and plan again…
Think about your reasons for recruiting new staff and how the new appointment will benefit your business. Planning ahead will help in helping you to identify your ideal candidate.
Some Q’s to consider:
- What are your long-term business goals – how does a new employee fit in with this?
- What skill set does your ideal candidate need?
- Where will the ideal candidate sit in the company?
- What is your onboarding plan with employees to stay focused, motivated and happy to stay with the business?
Write an engaging Job description
A job description is your first opportunity to showcase your business and the job role to the candidates, make it count!
- Describe the ideal candidate in detail
- List required qualifications, experience, and training
- List job responsibilities and requirements in detail. This will help to ensure only those candidates interested and able to do the job, will apply
Advertise to your target audience in the right place
Technology has moved on, how you recruit your staff also needs to.
Think creatively about which platforms your ideal candidate will be using, for example; Linked in, Twitter, Facebook and get your job advert posted!
Tap into your network and spread the word of your ideal candidate and listen out for recommendations. Referrals from a trusted source are gold dust and may not be as hard to find as you think.
Too busy? Outsource!
It’s simple if you don’t have the time to put the above tips into action to find the right employee, ask the experts to do it for you!
Businessynergy work with our clients to find the right fit for your business and you can be as involved (or not) as you would like. For more detail on our recruitment and selection process, click here: https://businessynergy.co.uk/services/selection-recruitment/